The Ultimate Bill Bryson Quicklet Bundle [NOOK Book]

The Ultimate Bill Bryson Quicklet Bundle

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Overview

Hi everyone, we're promoting a special Quicklet Bundle featuring the best of Bill Bryson's books, including the following 9 titles:

+A Short History of Nearly Everything
+A Walk in the Woods
+I'm a Stranger Here Myself
+In a Sunburned Country
+Made in America,
+Notes from a Small Island
+The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
+The Lost Continent
+The Mother Tongue

Separately, you'd pay $26.91 for all 9; instead, you get them for 63% off in one convenient form!

Here are selected excerpts from the Quicklets!

Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick!

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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Drama abounded in the 19th century. After the discovery of the first dinosaur fossil in 1784, and with subsequent uncovering of massive bones that belonged to other extinct species, there was an uncomfortable public debate concerning extinctions. Why, after all, would an omniscient God create species of animals only to casually wipe them out? Throughout history, the sciences have routinely butted heads with the Church, a trend that continues today.

From geology and paleontology, Bryson moves to chemistry. With its origins in the enigmatic studies of alchemy, chemistry evolved along its own strange path. Bryson tells one exemplifying story, in which an amateur alchemist became convinced the he could distill gold from human urine. The similarity of color, Bryson explains, seems to have been a factor in his conclusion. In an attempt to prove his hypothesis, the man collected fifty buckets of human urine, which he kept in his cellar. After a few months, the man noted, the substance in the buckets began to glow or explode into flames when exposed to air. He had failed in distilling gold from urine, but he had succeeded in creating phosphorous.


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Made in America

The invention of the airplane and then commercial flying gave rise to the word stewardess and then jet lag as well as jumbo jet. The 1950s saw the start of technological innovation, and it seemed that invention was the driving force behind linguistic development and the introduction of new terms than were immigration, cultural differences or Americas melting pot.

Language reflects culture and history because culture and history are its roots. At one time, Americas culture was based on immigration and the integration of a variety of cultures on one land, and that fueled linguistic development. When America as a country transitioned into modern times and became more based on a single American identity and technology, the new identity and tech space began to fuel our language with developments such as laptop, hacker, and software.


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A Walk in the Woods

After living in the UK for over 20 years, famed travel writer Bill Bryson relocated his family to Hanover, New Hampshire and discovered that the Appalachian Trail ran through his small town. He decided to hike the 2,100-mile long trail and acquired the company of his old friend Stephen Katz. Without taking notes on the trail, Bryson still managed to write the wildly popular travel book, published in 1998, that held a seemingly permanent residence on New York Times Bestseller list.

A Walk in the Woods is quintessential Bryson, hilarious at times and frightening at others, he takes the layman out into the woods, without ever asking him to ever leave his home.


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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014440288
  • Publisher: Hyperink
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 745,467
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Not what I thought I was buying

    This quick let is not an abridged version of Bryson's books. It is more like notes you would take to study for a test. I am very disappointed. I feel like I wasted my money.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    The description of the quicklet bundle should specifically state

    The description of the quicklet bundle should specifically state this is only
    a sampling from each book in the set.   Yes, the quicklet is cheap compared to 
    $26.97 for the full version of each of Bill Bryson's books in nookbook but you
    will end up wishing you had the full version and will likely spend the additional
    money to satisfy your craving for the individual books.  Your best deal is to do
    so from the get-go ∧ save yourself $9.99 on the Quicklet bundle! 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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